Earth Sciences Major B.A.

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Earth Sciences Major B.A.

Program Overview

What is a bachelor of arts in Earth Sciences?

This program is tailored to students who desire to obtain a broad education and a general background in the Earth sciences with a greater degree of freedom in choosing electives than in the bachelor of science programs. The Earth Sciences B.A. program nicely complements other majors or minors, and by careful choice of electives, students can prepare for graduate or professional school, business or industry.

Why study Earth sciences at UNH?

The location of UNH, on the Great Bay Estuary and close to the White Mountains, provides an ideal backdrop for hands-on learning opportunities for all Earth Sciences students. Students have multiple options to immerse themselves in research experiences in the field and in state-of-the-art laboratory settings, and funds are available by competitive application for support of such opportunities. Employment for geoscientists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than many occupations and reflecting increasing needs for energy, environmental protection and responsible land/water/resource management. Graduates may also use their geosciences degree to complement policy, business or legal careers.

Potential Careers

  • Energy sector specialist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geologist
  • Geospatial scientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Physical scientist
  • Science journalist
  • Secondary school teacher

Contact

Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road
214 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

P: (603) 862-1718
E: earth.sciences@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The bachelor of arts in Earth sciences is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. This program provides students an opportunity to obtain a broad education and a general background in the Earth sciences with a greater degree of freedom in choosing electives than in the bachelor of science programs. Through careful choice of electives, students can prepare for graduate school, business, or industry.

Satisfy the Discovery Program Requirements 1
Satisfy the bachelor of arts degree requirements
Complete (with a C- or better in each course) a minimum of eight courses in the department, including the following:
ESCI 401Dynamic Earth4
or ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment
ESCI 402Earth History4
ESCI 512Principles of Mineralogy4
Five advanced-level courses, two of which must be 700-level or above
Math Requirements
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
Capstone

It is strongly advised that students complete, as early as possible, a year each of college chemistry and physics.

Explore Program Details

A key requirement of the Discovery Program is the completion of one senior capstone experience, to be supervised and approved within the major.

Senior Capstone Experience 

Resume and an ideal course schedule by semester for undergraduates interested in the BA in Earth Sciences option can be found here

Department flyer can be found here.

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